14 June 2007
Following the march to Lloyd house on Saturday by some 200 Sikh youth expressing their concerns regarding the targeted grooming of young women by fundamentalists a meeting was held with the police and representatives of the Sikh youth today 11 June 2007 at Lloyd house.
The agenda of this meeting was not about faith, but the implication of mainland British security and activities by fundamentalist within UK schools, colleges and universities.
The issues raised and discussed were:-
Explore opportunities for police and the Sikh youth to develop a constructive partnership of working together
The "conversion" of a devout Sikh to change from one faith to another warrants further investigation as to the motives and tactics employed in this process. This is especially relevant when one considers that of the four 7/7 bombers and the shoe bomber, 2 were recent converts. And if someone can be groomed to change their faith, they can equally be groomed to carry out an act of violence.
There are increasing number of such cases across communities where young people are being targeted at UK colleges and universities
The psychological welfare of the girl that promoted this community reaction and further investigation of the individual who is associated with this girl and himself a recent convert from Christanity.
Most importantly, It was also highlighted that should any act of atrocity be carried out as a result of these groomed conversions, then the Police have been alerted to activities in Midland based colleges and universities, as a result of this meeting by the Sikh youth.
The meeting was constructive and taken seriously by the Police with positive steps towards developing a longer term working relationships.
P Singh- Sikh Youth Representative